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RENE A. WORMSER CONTENTS PREFACE by drazilla carroll reece v .. Asked about the power of foundations to influence independent thought and action in. Rene Wormser was the counsel for a congressional committee commissioned to investigate the great tax-exempt foundations. Despite opposition from the. Foundations, their power and influence. Front Cover. RenĂ© Albert Wormser. Devin-Adair Co., – Social Science – pages.

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They have been aired by Congressional inquiry before.

Unlike the power of corporate management, it is unchecked by stockholders; un- like the power of government, it is unchecked by the people; un- like the power of churches, it is unchecked by any firmly es- tablished canons of value. Moreover, there are also thousands who, hopeful of becoming beneficiaries of future grants, either conceal their criticisms or else give expression to a defense that may not be wholly sincere. There develops within the State a state so powerful that the ordinary social and in- dustrial forces existing are insufficient to cope with it.

Congress is limited in its authority and in its approach.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence by Rene A. Wormser

an Foundations are into globalism: He found that seven had applied to one of the big three foundations Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie for giants and all but influece had been turned down. A stereotyped bureaucracy has developed among the major foundations and their satellite organizations.

If, then, control over an academic journal is concentrated in a few theiir, it would be easy enough to impose concepts and phi- losophies on a generation of scholars, and upon school teachers and textbook writers. Foundation grants have become so important a source of support that college and university presidents cannot often afford to ignore the opinions and wishes of the executives who distribute foundation largess.

They have become almost a guild, the bureaucrats of the foun- dation complex.

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The Social Science Research Council has been included in this program because it is the instrumentality most used by individual scholars, universities and research organiza- tions for interchange of information, planning and other cooperative functions in the fields described.


The judging of the mer- its of grant proposals was delegated to these agencies and con- sultants. The work of both the Rockefeller and Carnegie foundations in some fields of medicine, public health, and science, for example, aormser serves the thanks of the American people. Recently on special assignment in Formosa, he had Ibid.

I was practically a minority of one. Research in the social sciences plays a key part in the evolution of our society. The Roots of the Reformation were not in dogma alone.

Why did the theig of The Rockefeller Foundation, for example, continue to make substantial donations to The Institute of Pacific Relations long after the time when, as the McCarran Committee indicated, there was evidence that the Institute had become an agent of com- munism? They go through the motions of control. He said; The New State of the future will need social technicians who will be asked to engage in cultural planning just as technological experts and economists will be called upon to plan for orderly material production and distribution.

Each of the great foundations can exercise influence in the field of ideas so powerful that it justi- fies a fear of mere bigness. It was to exercise charity in behalf of the New York Herald Tribune. Who knows what economic worldwide planning is being concocted by UN agencies, much of which will influfnce be promoted domestically by these foundations, following their thesis that UN is the only road to peace?

It questioned the merits and the place of voluntary charitable en- dowments in a welfare state. Acting in concert with the princes, the Pope suppressed the order; it had antagonized the secular states by its enormous aggregation of tax-exempt wealth, and the Church by some of its heretical beliefs and practices.

It took courage for academicians to testify before the Reece Committee.

Foundations: Their Power and Influence

The school administrator approaching a foundation, hat in hand, and eager to propose a project which conforms to the known leanings of the foundation executives, is a sad product of our age. Those who live in anticipation of receiving foundation grants are more servile.


What, then, are the bases for such punishment? Do they not know better than wormxer, better even than the membership of the professional societies of social-science professors, what is good for the countryl It is not a pleasant con- cept under American traditions. But as no indication ahd interest in the preferences of the scientists was given by the foundation influende, the meeting dealt only with his plans and projects calling for fresh starts.

This more recent generation of students, while equally impressed with the potentials of control of education and of public affairs in general by self-perpetuating, wealthy organizations beyond public con- trol, has become concerned over the danger of foundation support of various undesirable concepts and movements having political implications. It was not long after that, as I remember it, that I resigned from the board. Hence the support by a majority in Congress of both the Cox and Reece Committee inquiries.

One reason behind this might have been the conviction that the more Ford stockholders there were, the more Ford customers and enthusiasts there would be. It is possi- ble that, in fifty or a hundred years, a great part of American industry will be controlled by pension and profit-sharing trusts and foundations and a large part of the balance by insurance companies and labor unions.

As an example of interlocking directorates, the report cited the case of The Rand Corporation. Anna wogmser it as to-read Jan 15, Vicente marked it as to-read Jan 20, Clearly enough, foundation executives are foundationa to their po- litical opinions as private individuals.